The Newberry Seminar in the History of Capitalism

Pullman Company Archives, 02-01-08, Box 15, Folder 33

Pullman Palace Car Company New York Stock Certificate, no. 16921. Pullman Company Archives, 02-01-08, Box 15, Folder 33

Seminar sessions are held on Fridays from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.

The Newberry Seminar in the History of Capitalism brings together scholars from a wide variety of subfields to share their works in progress on the history of capitalism in early America and the United States from the colonial era to the present. Potential topics include class relations, property forms, legal structures, cultural media, ideological currents, and social movements; networks and flows of capital and commodities; modes and mechanisms of production, market exchange, and credit and currency; the organizational and technological coordinates of agriculture, manufacturing, commerce, and finance; rural, regional, urban, and suburban development; public policy, partisan politics, and governmental regulation; patterns of economic growth, development, and crisis; and racial, religious, familial, sexual, environmental, and transnational dimensions of capitalist institutions and practices.

The History of Capitalism Seminar also hosts a book discussion group, which will meet to discuss recent publications in the history of capitalism.

The seminar’s co-sponsors are the history departments of Northeastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Joshua Salzmann and Jeffrey Sklansky are the coordinators for the 2015-2016 seminars.

Each year, the seminar accepts proposals for papers from March until May 1. Proposal instructions for 2016-2017 will be posted March 1, 2016.

To attend, please read our Registration Information. View the flyer for the complete schedule in PDF form. Sign up to receive email updates about this seminar.

Seminar Schedule 2015-2016

Friday, October 9, 2015
History of Capitalism Seminar
The History of Capitalism in the Anthropocene Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, University of Chicago
Friday, December 4, 2015
History of Capitalism Seminar
Race and Capital:Towards an American Intellectual History Paul A. Kramer, Vanderbilt University
Friday, March 4, 2016
History of Capitalism Seminar
Putting the Economy Back in History Colleen A. Dunlavy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Friday, May 13, 2016
History of Capitalism Seminar
The Public Utility Idea and the Origins Modern Business Regulation William J. Novak, University of Michigan Law School